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Monitoring Peregrine Falcon Nest Sites

MassWildlife is requesting assistance to monitor peregrine falcon nest sites.

Many of our urban peregrine falcon nests are closely monitored every year by several dedicated observers. Five of our nests—in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell, Springfield, and Amherst—can be easily monitored by anyone because nest cameras have been installed and viewing is available online. Other nest sites are only occasionally visited by MassWildlife staff and other birders. As the number of peregrine falcons increase in the state, we need help keeping up with the territorial pairs. If you are able to monitor one of the nest sites listed below, or if you know of a nest site not listed, please let us know! Email us at natural.heritage@mass.gov or call (508) 389-6360.

2020 Peregrine Falcon Nest Sites

  • Quincy, Fore River Bridge – The actual nest site is unknown.
  • Brockton, Verizon Tower, 180 Court Street – The nest box faces toward the city center.
  • Bourne, Cape Cod Canal bridges – The only chick fledged (2013) was on the cape side of the Bourne Bridge, but all three bridges have been used.
  • New Bedford, a mill building converted to condos at 24 Logan Street – The nest is in a small alcove above a parking lot on the north end of the east side. This nest is easily viewed.
  • Fall River, Braga Bridge over the Taunton River, Battleship Cove – The nest box is on top of the first concrete pier in the river.
  • Fall River – There may be a nest on one of the industrial buildings on Ace Street.  A chick too young to quite fly was found on the street in 2016.
  • Worcester – The location of the current nest site is a big mystery.  The nest box on the People’s United Bank at 120 Front Street is not occupied.
  • Chicopee, MassPike bridge over the Connecticut River, I-90 – This nest box is easily viewed from the boat ramp on the SE side of the bridge.
  • Holyoke, Muller Bridge over the Connecticut River, Rte. 202 – The best viewing is usually from the east bank and south of the bridge.
  • Northampton, Coolidge Bridge over the Connecticut River, Rte. 9 – The nest box can be viewed from the crew boat dock on the west side.
  • Deerfield, Mt Sugarloaf – The nest ledge is generally on the right, center of the ledge.  Three week old chicks will be visible by scope at the parking area on the west side of the Rte. 116 bridge over the Connecticut River.
  • Montague/Greenfield, General Pierce Bridge over the Connecticut River, Montague City Road – The actual nest location is unknown
  • Gill, French King Bridge over the Connecticut River, Rte. 2 – A nest box was installed, but no reports of use yet.
  • Erving, Farley Cliffs on Rte. 2 – The nest is usually on the lower left portion of the cliff, and the nest ledge is not always visible.
  • Russell, Mt. Tekoa – Just north of the MassPike (I-90) over the Westfield River. The exact location of the nest on the cliff varies.
  • Sandisfield, Hanging Mountain – On the west side of Rt. 8 just north of the CT state line. Viewing can be difficult from the road.
  • Great Barrington, Monument Mt. – West side of Rte. 7, owned by TTOR and open to hiking. The exact location on the cliff is unknown.